new mother looks forward to breastfeeding her newborn. It is one
milestone she plans for even before the baby is born. While some may be
successful in their endeavors, a lot many of us are unable to breastfeed
at all or do not get to do so for the number of days that we had
initially planned for. There are many reasons why women generally give
up on breastfeeding earlier than they’d planned.
latching techniques, breasts engorgement, swelling of the breasts, etc,
are a few of them. While you may get to learn latching techniques on
the job, you are at a loss when it comes to dealing with breasts
engorgement and swelling. You may use breast softening creams and gels,
but you’ll end up wiping them off even before they start working, to
feed your baby (which happens frequently, though). And the use of
painkiller medications and antibiotics is a strict no-no during
breastfeeding unless prescribed by your doctor in extreme cases.
what really is the solution to this universal problem? Well, it’s right
there inside your kitchen – cabbage leaves. Yes, you’ve read that
right. Many women across the globe use this natural and effective method
to help reduce the swelling in their breasts. In fact, a recent study
also confirms the positive effects of cold cabbage leaves in alleviating
breast engorgement, pain, and breasts swelling (1).
the study that was conducted on lactating mothers in the age group of 13
to 50 years, use of cabbage leaves on breasts not only helped in
reducing the pain and hardness, it also increased the duration of
breastfeeding due to fast pain relief, which is within 20 minutes!
way to use this method is simple. First, put the cabbage in the fridge.
The Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation recommends using a green cabbage
Once it is cold to touch, remove the first outer layer of the
cabbage and discard it. You’ll find the fresh, light green leaves
inside. Tear off two large leaves and wash them with cold water to clear
off any dirt or residual pesticides inside. Cut off the hard stem at
the bottom of the leaves and wrap the leaves in such a way that they
perfectly fit your breasts. Avoid covering your nipples with the leaves.
If the leaves are too crispy, you could also try crushing them with a
rolling pin to loosen them a bit. Keep the leaves in place for around 20
minutes and lie down. You can also use a light cotton bra to hold the
leaves in place. However, do not exceed 20 minutes because there have
been concerns that cabbage leaves could reduce milk production.
will notice a considerable amount of relief from your very first use.
You can discard the leaves soon after, as they wilt. You can use this
treatment for 2 or 3 times during the day and with a new set of leaves
Eventually, you’ll find this method to be greatly
effective in relieving pain, reducing swelling, and healing the breast
engorgement to large extent. You can stop this treatment as your
condition gets better with time.
With this method, along with milk
expressing and cold packs, many mothers have gone from completely
giving up on breastfeeding to resuming it in a matter of few days.
You’ll need to, however, remember that you don’t have to keep relying
only on this method to better your condition. If you continue to
experience breast engorgement, swelling, pain, or a lump in your breast
for a longer duration, despite the treatment, it is prudent to consult
your doctor immediately.